Mediterranean Fish Stew features cod, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, anchovies, and fresh herbs. It is a flavorful and healthy dish.

Mediterranean Fish Stew

Mediterranean Fish Stew is a hearty, flavorful and healthy dish.

Looking for a way to use the odd sized pieces of cod I had in the freezer led me to this Mediterranean Fish Stew. It is from the New York Times website.

Mediterranean Fish Stew features cod, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, anchovies, and fresh herbs. It is a flavorful and healthy dish.

 

Mediterranean Fish Stew features cod, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, anchovies, and fresh herbs. It is a flavorful and healthy dish.

I bought some frozen cod, the kind that comes in a bag, and you really can’t see what the pieces look like through the package. So, I take some of the fillets out to defrost them, and I can’t find four pieces that are even remotely close in size. Bummer! The dish I wanted to use this cod in requires that the pieces be approximately the same size, so they cook at the same rate.

I ended up just using swai fillets for the Pan Fried Fish with Oranges & Pecans that I was planning on making. And I am actually very glad it worked out that way. Swai has a kind of mild fish flavor, and I really like that. Cod is not mild. As soon as I opened the package I knew that it was a much fishier fish than others I have tried. Out of all the fish I have cooked so far, Swai is my favorite. It is fairly sturdy, the fillets are roughly the same size, and the flavor is mild.

This fish stew has a strong fish flavor. Maybe I am not all that big on fish? We are supposed to eat it once or twice a week for better health. Finding dishes I like has been challenging, to say the least. These Fish Tacos are, by far, my favorite way to eat fish.

Mediterranean Fish Stew features cod, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, anchovies, and fresh herbs. It is a flavorful and healthy dish.

 

Mediterranean Fish Stew features cod, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, anchovies, and fresh herbs. It is a flavorful and healthy dish.

 

Mediterranean Fish Stew features cod, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, anchovies, and fresh herbs. It is a flavorful and healthy dish.

Finally, it occured to me that I needed to find a way to use the cod in chunks. This Mediterranean Fish Stew fit the bill. The recipe below is very much like the recipe from The NY Times. I only made a couple of minor changes.

The changes I made were; I don’t have a mortar and pestle, so I mashed the garlic, salt and anchovies in a small, flat dish. Since I had a can of crushed tomatoes I used them instead of chopped. I also cut the salt from 3/4 teaspoon total, to 1/2 teaspoon total. Cutting the salt in recipes is a must because Lee needs to limit his salt intake. (I also think we get way too much of it, so I try to control it when and where I can.) Then I added a zucchini for extra nutrition.

Mediterranean Fish Stew features cod, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, anchovies, and fresh herbs. It is a flavorful and healthy dish.

 

Mediterranean Fish Stew features cod, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, anchovies, and fresh herbs. It is a flavorful and healthy dish.

My Easy Cheesy Drop Biscuits (pictured above) make a great accompaniment to this Mediterrean Fish Stew.

Mediterranean Fish Stew

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

Minimally adapted from NY Times

Ingredients

  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 4 anchovies
  • 4 sprigs parsley
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can tomatoes, diced or crushed, 28 ounces
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 pound red potatoes, quartered
  • 1 small zucchini, sliced into medallions
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 - 1 1/2 pounds cod, cut into chunks

Instructions

  1. Grate garlic with a microplane, or finely chop. In a small, flat dish mash garlic and 1/4 teaspoon salt into a paste with a fork or the back of a spoon, mash anchovies into garlic paste; set aside.
  2. Tie parsley, thyme and bay leaf together with kitchen string; set aside.
  3. In a large heavy soup pot or Dutch oven heat olive oil over medium heat, add carrot, celery, onion and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring often, until onion is tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and anchovy mixture and cook 1 minute. Add tomatoes and cook until tomatoes are hot, about 5 minutes,
  4. Add water, potatoes, zucchini, herbs and pepper; cook until potatoes and zucchini are tender, 25-30 minutes. With the soup at a simmer (not boiling) add fish and cook 5-10 minutes or until fish is cooked through. Remove herbs and serve.
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Mediterranean Fish Stew features cod, potatoes, tomatoes, carrots, celery, onions, garlic, anchovies, and fresh herbs. It is a flavorful and healthy dish.

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